Photographer Takes 8-Second-Long Exposures in 50 Cities

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Take a trip with us, if you will, around the world with Nicolas Ruel. The Montreal-born photographer will be our guide as we jump from city to city, experiencing its unique architecture and meeting its people...but there's a catch! We can only stay for eight seconds.

While studying film and international relations, Ruel took trips all around the world. It was during that time that he found his true calling, as a photographer. His signature series, called 8 Seconds, is comprised of photos taken with filters that reduce his digital camera's lens opening to a tiny f/512. He moves the camera from one view to another during one exposure, creating an intriguing eight-second, one frame movie.

Ruel has now photographed 50 different cities. The 8 Seconds project began in 2007 and will continue through 2015. His next solo exhibition will be at Thompson Landry Gallery in Toronto, Ontario from March 21 to April 15, 2013.

Love how Ruel has captured the distinct feel and energy to each different city.



Beijing


Cairo


Casablanca


Chicago


Havana


Istanbul


London


New York


Paris


Prague


Shanghai


Sydney


Tokyo

Nicolas Ruel's website

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Comment by alice on December 12, 2012 at 10:08am

thanks so much, paul! appreciate the catch and the compliment! :)

Comment by Paul Briaud on December 12, 2012 at 9:11am

cheers! stunning photos and great website by the way!

Comment by alice on December 12, 2012 at 9:05am

Thanks for the correction, Paul!

Comment by Paul Briaud on December 12, 2012 at 8:51am

you know, the photo titled Luxembourg was not taken in Luxembourg.
That's actually Luxembourg Gardens, in Paris, France.
http://www.photo2ville.com/photos-paris/le+senat-59.html

Comment by KGB33 on December 6, 2012 at 12:35am

London=album cover. Istanbul=massive car crash.

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